diligent (adj.)
Where wages are high, we shall always find the workmen more active, diligent, and expeditious, than where they are low.
Adam Smith (1723-1790), ‘Wealth of Nations’
Historic textile machinery in Burnley, Lancashire. © Clem Rutter, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0.
tickle (vb)
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857), speaking of Australia
Melbourne Docklands, Australia. © David Iliff, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0.
working (n.)
All nations have been made what they are by the thinking and the working of many generations of men.
Samuel Smiles (1865-1936), ‘Self-Help’
Harland and Wolff, Belfast. From Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.
cure (n.)
Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), ‘Speech on Conciliation with America (1775)’
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire © Mike Peel, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.
must (vb)
Sing willow, willow, willow:
Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), ‘Othello’
Peacock butterfly on pussy willow. © Richard Bartz, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.5
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Sir Humphry Davy
Music: John Field
A Cornish professor of chemistry with a poetic turn who helped make science a popular fashion.

AS a boy in Penzance, Humphry Davy delighted in legends and poetry, but he also had a knack for machinery, and spent hours in his grandfather’s dispensary fiddling about with chemicals.

“This boy” the surgeon said good-humoredly, “will blow us all into the air”.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Teacher. Lecturer. Professor.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lecture. Study. Blow.

Use together in one sentence: Hour. Prestigious. Study.

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Heracles and the Girdle of Hippolyte
Music: George Frideric Handel
A princess covets the belt of a warrior-queen, so Heracles is despatched to get it for her.

ARES, the god of war, had a son named Diomedes, lord of the Bistones, a warrior-tribe that lived near Lake Vistonida in Thrace. Down by the sea Diomedes kept a string of savage mares, chained to bronze mangers in which he gave them man’s flesh to eat.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Coast. Shore.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Kill. Mean. Express.

Use together in one sentence: Help. Come. Queen.

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Bede and the Paschal Controversy
Music: George Frideric Handel
The earliest Christians longed to celebrate the resurrection together at Passover, but that was not as easy as it sounds.

CHRIST died and rose again at Passover, the week-long Jewish festival at the first full moon of Spring. Christians had always wanted to celebrate Easter at that time each year, but no astronomer could determine the vernal equinox or full moon with precision.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Calendar. Diary. Journal.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rise. Spring. Compete.

Use together in one sentence: Still. Already. Synagogue.

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Education of the Heart
Music: Johann Christian Bach
For Jane Austen, the best education a father can give to his child is to befriend her.

TOO late he became aware how unfavourable to the character of any young people must be the totally opposite treatment which Maria and Julia had been always experiencing at home, where the excessive indulgence and flattery of their aunt had been continually contrasted with his own severity.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Continually. Continuously.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Experience. Profit. Fear.

Use together in one sentence: Must. Indulgence. Aunt.

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Sense and Sensitivity
Music: John Field
Jane Austen wrote as a Christian, but all the better for doing so unobtrusively.

MISS Austin has the merit (in our judgment most essential) of being evidently a Christian writer: a merit which is much enhanced, both on the score of good taste, and of practical utility, by her religion being not at all obtrusive.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Practical. Practicable.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Taste. Book. Purpose.

Use together in one sentence: Much. Critic. Dwell on.

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Why England’s ‘Revolution’ was Glorious
Music: Henry Purcell
Edmund Burke argues that England’s ‘revolution’ of 1688 worked because we changed the Government, not the Constitution.

IN truth, the circumstances of our revolution (as it is called) and that of France, are just the reverse of each other in almost every particular, and in the whole spirit of the transaction.

With us it was the case of a legal monarch attempting arbitrary power — in France it is the case of an arbitrary monarch, beginning, from whatever cause, to legalize his authority.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Both.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cause. Spirit. State.

Use together in one sentence: Just. Legal. Cause.

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